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Canadian doctors brace themselves as cannabis becomes legal

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:302
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canada's new regulations on the medical use of cannabis have drawn criticism from both its medical profession and current users.

    The new regulations, which allow cannabis to be used by people with a terminal condition and serious medical illness, came into effect at the end of July and make Canada the first country to take such a step (14 July, p 68).

    Peter Barrett, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said that most physicians were reluctant to participate in the government's programme for the medical use of marijuana because they worry about recommending a drug that has …

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